Aaron Greenberg on transsexualism

Aaron S. Greenberg is a law professor at Northwestern University who wrote a paper with J. Michael Bailey on chemical castration of criminals.

Greenberg also co-authored a well-known paper on homosexual eugenics with J. Michael Bailey, entitled "Parental Selection of Children's Sexual Orientation," that was published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, Vol. 30, No. 4, 2001. The paper argues that they see nothing morally problematic if parents were to abort fetuses if a prenatal test could screen a fetus for homosexuality.

Interestingly, Greenberg was a "no-show" for a widely announced defense of that paper that was to have been held by him and Bailey on 28 April 2005. Only Bailey showed up for that defense of their homosexual eugenics writings.


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As we learn more about the causes of sexual orientation, the likelihood increases that parents will one day be able to select the orientation of their children. This possibility (at least that of selecting for heterosexuality) has generated a great deal of concern among supporters of homosexual rights, with such selection being widely condemned as harmful and morally repugnant. Notwithstanding this widespread condemnation, and even assuming, as we do, that homosexuality is entirely acceptable morally, allowing parents, by means morally unproblematic in themselves, to select for heterosexuality would be morally acceptable. This is because allowing parents to select their children's sexual orientation would further parent's freedom to raise the sort of children they wish to raise and because selection for heterosexuality may benefit parents and children and is unlikely to cause significant harm.